Grading is Now White Supremacist! By James Reed
The basic formula is now clear: anything that forms the basis of Western civilisation is white supremacist, white supremacism is bad, so, ban everything. We are now told that grading work discriminates against minorities. Well, I am happy with that. Get rid of grades, or give them all high distinctions. Then see how the capitalists like the new generation of engineers, doctors, whatever. As bridges fall down, or never even get built, as the new doctors kill even more patients than the trained ones, see how the system likes that! It only stops when wokeness starts to severely damage profits. And, if the entire system collapses, I will not shed a tear.
“An Arizona State University academic wrote a book alleging that grading students’ writing based on quality is “white supremacy.”
His answer to helping Black students develop “positive racial identity” in the classroom is to “destroy grading.”
An Arizona State University academic wrote a book explaining why grading students’ work based on quality is “white supremacy.”
Asao Inoue — who teaches first-year writing courses and serves as associate dean for Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion — wrote Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom, in which he advocates for a system of grading that circumvents merit.
Inoue — whose “research focuses on antiracist and social justice theory” — explains that his book discusses “grading literacy performances more broadly” — namely, by judging “final course grades purely by the labor students complete, not by any judgments of the quality of their writing.”
“While the qualities of student writing is still at the center of the classroom and feedback, it has no bearing on the course grade,” he explains. “Why take our judgments of quality out of the tabulation of course grades and progress in a course? Because all grading and assessment exist within systems that uphold singular, dominant standards that are racist, and White supremacist when used uniformly.”
“Grading, because it requires a single, dominant standard, is a racist and White supremacist practice,” he adds.
Inoue describes his labor-based system as a tool to enact his “social justice agenda” in his “classroom’s antiracist writing assessment ecologies.”
I remember having a teacher in primary school who circulated around classrooms, teaching English grammar and writing, who marked on effort, whatever that meant. Even though most kids got an A, I still was a C pass.